First they came for the RINOs.
… Then they got around to the free market conservatives.
In case you’ve missed it, the dumpster fire taking place at Breitbart is heating up. What is more, it’s a microcosm of what is happening on the Right.
First, like Breitbart (whose founder, Andrew Breitbart, died in 2012), the conservative movement lacks a de facto leader—and problems arise when there are no adults in charge (consider how both Pat Buchanan and Bill Kristol once both fit under the umbrella of Ronald Reagan’s conservative movement).
Absent that uniting figure, the center cannot hold.
But the real comparison is with the schism—not between RINOs and conservatives—but between Right-Wing nationalists who support Trump and a group of non-Kool-Aid drinkers who, until recently, might have been labeled hard-core conservatives.
As I’ve been saying for a long time now, this is not as simple as truuuu conservatives versus the “establishment.” This is no longer Right vs. Left or even right vs. wrong—it’s us versus them.
But that’s not the real story. The real story is how the civil war taking place at Breitbart shows that this website is basically the conservative movement writ large.
It would be one thing to criticize squishy, moderate Republicans for betrayal. But we’re long past that point. We are now at the point where any skepticism of Donald Trump is a bridge too far. When Ben Shapiro isn’t hard core enough for you, you’re the one with the problem.
And so, we’ve arrived at this point. Dissent will not be tolerated.
Even Robespierre went to the scaffold.